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Cannot open network and sharing center in Vista

I have Vista Ultimate, Windows Defender disabled, and Avg as a virus software.  
I cannot open the Network and Sharing Center in the control panel or 'View network status and tasks"  within the Networks and Sharing Center.  
My wireless connection keeps dropping and I think it is due to another network trying to override my wireless network.  I need to set my network  as the 'preferred' or delete any other available networks.  At least this is how I did it with XP.  
When I click the icon it seems to try to launch, a box flashes on the screen, then nothing.

Any ideas.  Thanks in advance for any help.


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PUNKYCommented:
Start > Settings > Network Connections > select wireless device and right click to select properties.
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jopa123Author Commented:
Punky, thanks for the quick answer but am I missing something?  In Ultimate there is no Start, no Settings, no Network Connections.  I'm not trying to be a smart**s.  I really don't know if I'm not understanding you correctly.
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PUNKYCommented:
If you use classic view in Start Menu as I am using now (Vista Ultimate), you will see what I am talking about. Click Window Icon as lower left corner as Start button like you have seen in XP. Seem that you use other Start Menu, click on Control Panel > Network & Share center > Manage Network Connection, then right click on wireless adapter device select properties.
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jopa123Author Commented:
Punky,

Got ya.  Thanks. I didn't know there was a "classic" view for the start menu, etc.  How do you turn that on?  I knew there was a classic view for the control panel.

But this doesn't solve my issue.  Perhaps I did not explain it well.  I go into the Control Panel and click on the Network and Sharing Icon, it attempts to launch, a box flashes on the screen and then disappears, then nothing.

The same thing happens if I right click on the wireless connections icon in the systray and then click on Network and Sharing.  

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PUNKYCommented:
In Control Panel (classic view), you will see Task Bar and Start Menu, click open and hit Start Menu tab, there, you can setup classic view for start menu though.

Back to question, does it work before? if so, you can do system restore see if it helps.
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jopa123Author Commented:
Punky,

Got Classic view on.  Got into Network connections.  Thanks.

Doesn't seem to help me solve my ultimate problem, which is my connection dropping often.  ut at least now I can get into this area to tweak.

Thanks for everything.
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